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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-59

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a case of previously treated coarctation of aorta: A major concern for an anaesthesiologist

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Malda Medical College, Malda, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Nivedita Seva Sadan, West Bengal, India
3 Department of General Surgery, Raiganj Government Medical College, Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal, India

Date of Submission05-Apr-2019
Date of Acceptance10-Apr-2019
Date of Web Publication26-Sep-2019

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Dr. Udayan Kundu
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DOI: 10.4103/SJL.SJL_6_19

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Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is a congenital disability which poses a real challenge to the life of an individual. We successfully managed a case of CoA, previously corrected by Cheatham platinum stent, planned for laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a small town with a limited-resource setup.

Keywords: Anesthesiologist's challenge, coarctation of the aorta, laparoscopic cholecystectomy

How to cite this article:
Lahiri S, Kundu U, Seth S. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a case of previously treated coarctation of aorta: A major concern for an anaesthesiologist. Saudi J Laparosc 2019;4:57-9

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Lahiri S, Kundu U, Seth S. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a case of previously treated coarctation of aorta: A major concern for an anaesthesiologist. Saudi J Laparosc [serial online] 2019 [cited 2023 Jun 9];4:57-9. Available from: https://www.saudijl.org/text.asp?2019/4/1/57/267859

  Introduction Top

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common (incidence is about 8/1000 live births) group of congenital disabilities.[1] Among them, coarctation of the aorta (CoA) accounts for 8% of all CHDs.[2]

Several cardiovascular and neurological sequelae and risks of CoA depending on the age at correction and intervention performed create real challenge for anesthesiologists. Even, repaired CoA is never a benign condition.[3]

There is very few literature addressing the perioperative anesthetic management in laparoscopic procedures in patients with CoA.

We present successful anesthetic management of a case of stented CoA, scheduled for laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

  Case Report Top

A 32-year-old, 65-kg male was scheduled for laparoscopic cholecystectomy in January 2019. He was diagnosed with postductal stenosis and undergone stenting for CoA with covered Cheaththam Platinum stent in November, 2015. Apparently, he was asymptomatic with no history of chest pain, palpitation, syncopal attack, or headache. He was of average built and his pulse rate was 70 beats/min. Blood pressure (BP) was 140/82 mmHg in the right upper limb, 142/78 mmHg in the left upper limb, 130/74 mmHg in the right lower limb, and 128/76 mmHg in the left lower limb. Cardiac auscultation as well as chest auscultation was normal.

On investigation, his routine blood and biochemical tests were found normal. His electrocardiogram (ECG) was normal. Recent echocardiography (January 2019) revealed dilated left ventricle and left ventricular ejection fraction was found to be 62%. Trace mitral regurgitation and trace aortic regurgitation were also noted [Figure 1]. His chest X-ray clearly revealed the stent in situ [Figure 2]. The patient was kept fasting overnight and was premedicated with oral ranitidine tablet 150 mg, tablet bisacodyl 5 mg, and tablet clonazepam 0.5 mg at night before the operation.

Combined spinal-epidural (CSE) anesthesia was planned for this case.
Figure 1: Echocardiography report

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Figure 2: Chest X-ray

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In the operation theatre, routine monitors (ECG, pulse oximeter, and automated noninvasive BP [NIBP]) were attached to the patient's body. Nasogastric tube and Urinary catheter were inserted. Preoperative heart rate was 76 beats/min, and NIBP was 136/84 mmHg. Epidural anesthesia was administered at T11 – 12 inter vertebral space with 18G Tuohy needle. After administering test dose of injection lignocaine (2% with adrenaline), a 19G epidural catheter was placed in situ. Spinal anesthesia was given (injection hyperbaric bupivacaine 4 ml + injection tramadol 50 mg) with 25G Quincke needle at L2 – 3 inter vertebral space. Intravenous (IV) midazolam 1 mg and fentanyl 50 μg were administered. After around 5 min of administration of CSE anesthesia, an episode of hypotension (BP 66/50 mmHg) was recorded. Hypotension was managed with IV injection mephentermine (total 12 mg). The pneumoperitoneum pressure was maintained at 10–12 mmHg. The surgery was performed in reverse Trendelenburg position and took 35 min. At the end of surgery, BP was 110/70 mmHg and heart rate was 68 beats/min. ECG tracing was also normal. The patient was shifted to the recovery for monitoring. In the recovery, heart rate fluctuated from 60 beats/min to 72 beats/min. BP remained around 98/60 during the first 6 h. No active intervention was performed. Epidural top-up dose was given at 6th h with 15 ml 0.0625% bupivacaine after BP was recorded as 112/70 mmHg. Second day onward, he maintained heart rate around 72 beats/min and BP around 130/80 mmHg. Epidural catheter was removed on the 2nd day of operation. Further duration of stay was uneventful, and the patient was shifted to the ward on the 2nd day and discharged home on the 3rd postoperative day. Follow-up visit on the 7th day and after 30 days were absolutely normal, and the patient was satisfied with overall management.

  Discussion Top

CoA is a localized narrowing of the aortic arch, just distal or proximal to the ductus arteriosus. CoA after surgical repair is associated with excess long-term morbidity and mortality[4],[5] due to congestive heart failure, aortic rupture, myocardial infarction, or subarachnoid hemorrhage. Aneurysm formation is associated with a significant risk of aortic rupture.

Stent repair is associated with lesser rate of recurrence of recoarctation compared to repair in infancy,[5],[6] subclavian flap aortoplasty,[7],[8],[9] and balloon angioplasty.[10],[11] There is a lesser chance of aortic aneurysm and rupture of aneurysm comparing to other surgical methods such as patch aortoplasty[12],[13] and balloon angioplasty.[14]

Our patient was an example of late presentation of CoA being corrected by synthetic stent angioplasty.

In laparoscopy, the main concerns include insufflations of peritoneal cavity with carbon dioxide, patient positioning, and increased intra-abdominal pressures. Pneumoperitoneum should be started with slow gas flow, and intra-abdominal pressures should be kept as low as possible to minimize hemodynamic changes.[15] The pressure threshold during pneumoperitoneum, associated with minimal changes in the hemodynamics, is 12 mmHg. An increase in intra-abdominal pressure results in a fall in the preload and an increase in the afterload, along with an increase in the systemic vascular resistance. Creation of the pneumoperitoneum causes an increase in total peripheral resistance along with a decrease in stroke volume and cardiac and ejection velocity indices.[16],[17] These changes can lead to further decrease in blood flow distal to the coarctation. We took measures to obtund hemodynamic responses so as to avoid the adverse effects of hypertension and tachycardia. Our patient had an episode of hypotension soon after administration of CSE. During his stay at recovery, he had excellent hemodynamic stability as well as postoperative analgesia. It has been well established that regional anesthesia reduces cardiovascular stress and release of catecholamines.[3]

To summarize, patients with CoA need thorough evaluation for associated lesions. The intra-abdominal pressures for laparoscopic procedures should be kept just enough to allow adequate visibility for conduct of surgery. The anesthetic management we opted was CSE anesthesia. Epidural analgesia can ensure postoperative analgesia and avoid pain-associated adverse effects. Our plan of anesthesia can become a role model for anesthetic management In low resource setups.

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